This page is steadily being populated with links to the latest airway algorithms. Feel free to suggest more!
DAS – Difficult Airway Society
All DAS guidelines are freely available from the downloads section of their web-page. The 2015 edition have just been released at the November 2015 World Airway Management Meeting in Dublin, and the original article in the BJA can be accessed here The paediatric guidelines are made in co-operation with the APA; obstetric guidelines in association with the OAA have also been released in 2015. Here are direct links:
- Overiew of DAS Algorithms
- DAS Intubation Guidelines
- DAS Extubation Guidelines
- DAS Paediatric Guidelines
- DAS Obstetric Guidelines
Direct links to PDFs of the guidelines:
- Intubation overview and detailed guideline
- Extubation guideline – Basic
- Extubation guideline – Low risk algorithm
- Extubation guideline – ‘At risk’ algorithm
- Paediatric difficult mask ventilation
- Paediatric difficult intubation
- Paediatric can’t intubate, can’t ventilate
- Obstetric Difficult Airway Guidelines
- Fibreoptic intubation through supraglottic airway
The BJA has a guidelines page with links to other resources, such as the DAS app, which can be accessed here.
ASA – American Society of Anaesthesiologists
The 2013 update article can be found here on PubMed or get the full article free off the Anesthesiology journal site here.
The Vortex Approach
Yet another cunning thing to come out of Australia and New Zealand, the Vortex approach is a high-stakes cognitive aid designed to be easily remembered and applied by any practitioner.
- Vortex Approach free eBook on iTunes
- Vortex Approach free book on Smashwords (downloadable for Kinde and .mobi)
- The Vortex Approach as PDF (direct download)
Canadian Airway Focus Group:
Publications (and the diagrams reproduced above) can be found here.
SASA (Southern African Society of Anaesthesiologists)
SASA Airway Guidelines 2014
S Afr J Anaes Analg 2014;20(4)S1-S15
Resuscitation Council of SA
The full set of various algorithms from the RCSA (from choking and basic CPR for laypersons to advanced airway management) is available from the algorithm downloads page. The RCSA no longer has an algorithm specific to advanced airway management.
All Indian Guidelines (Difficult Airway Association of India, December 2016)
- Covering Editorial – Airway Management Guidelines: A safe passage to India
- All India Difficult Airway Association 2016 guidelines for the management of unanticipated difficult tracheal intubation in adults
- All India Difficult Airway Association 2016 guidelines for the management of unanticipated difficult tracheal intubation in obstetrics
- All India Difficult Airway Association 2016 guidelines for the management of unanticipated difficult tracheal intubation in Paediatrics
NHS Lanarkshire Cognitive Aid
Included here in the spirit of fun…and recognizing when things are going in the wrong direction: